Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 12/2/2004
This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon Society for Thursday December 2, 2004 with reports of WESTERN GREBE, BLACK GUILLEMOT, CAVE SWALLOW, ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER, TOWNSENDS SOLITAIRE, seasonal and local reports of interest, and announcements.

A TOWNSENDS SOLITAIRE was discovered along Cedar Run Dock Road east of Route 9 south of Manahawkin in Ocean County Nov 29- Dec 2. The best location for this bird has been the four or five cedars just before the bridge on the right as you approach and the wire above. His roost is in a pine across the marsh. Patience may be required as the bird is sometimes hidden (DeLorme P. 59, D-17). Also noted there this week were NORTHERN GOSHAWK, 2 ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS, and up to 3 SHORT-EARED OWLS.

Two CAVE SWALLOWS were found on Long Beach Island Nov 26. One was in Surf City perched on wires at 22nd street. The other was a fly-by at Barnegat Light State Park.'Also noted at Barnegat Light State Park this week were 2 KING EIDERS, 1-3 COMMON EIDERS, up to 29 HARLEQUIN DUCKS, and 50+ PURPLE SANDPIPERS.

Another CAVE SWALLOW was observed at Leeds Point Nov 26 perched on a telephone wire; also there were six ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS. Birds noted this week at nearby Brigantine NWR included 150 TUNDRA SWANS, ROSSS GOOSE, AMERICAN BITTERN, VIRGINIA RAIL, 1-2 AMERICAN AVOCETS, 100 WESTERN SANDPIPERS, 2 SHORT-EARED OWLS, VESPER SPARROW, and NELSONS SHARP-TAILED SPARROW. Check the sightings log there for specific locations.

A SNOWY OWL was found at the north end of the North Brigantine Natural Area (Forsythe NWR) Nov 30 (DeLorme P. 71, C-26).

The WESTERN GREBE continued through Nov 30 in Raritan Bay off South Amboy. The bird is usually out in the bay near the Great Beds Lighthouse. From Rte 35 northbound take the first right on Morgan after the drawbridge and follow to the end at a cul-de-sac. Scan the bay from here. The grebe has also been seen from South Amboy Waterfront Park. More information about this and other Raritan Bay sites is available at http://www.njaudubon.org/Centers/SHBO/SoAmboy.html A dead WESTERN GREBE was found this week on nearby Staten Island -- please report any further sightings of the bird from South Amboy.

Another BLACK GUILLEMOT was seen at the Avalon Seawatch; ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER, and CAVE SWALLOWS were found in Cape May -- call the CMBO Hotline for details.

Sandy Hook sightings this week included 2 adult LITTLE GULLS near the end of the fishermans trail, 3 RAZORBILLS off area C, 250 SNOW BUNTINGS and 1-2 LAPLAND LONGSPURS in the north beach area; all Nov 27. Another RAZORBILL was found off area C Dec 2. Two late orioles - one BALTIMORE ORIOLE and one unidentified to species - were noted Nov 29. A flock of locally rare TUNDRA SWANS were fly bys Nov 30. A free detailed birding map of Sandy Hook is available at SHBO; check the sightings log there for daily reports.

North Shore reports were of the drake EURASIAN WIGEON at Shark River Estuary off the north end of Riverside Drive and an extremely unusual late BLACK TERN at Manasquan Inlet Nov 28.

A survey of Great Swamp NWR and Lord Stirling Park this week tailed 20 RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS. Locations included 2 near the heronry overlook and 1-2 others along Pleasant Plains Rd, 2 along White Bridge Rd before the Raptor Trust, another at the Meyersville Road access, and 4 from the east observation tower at Lord Stirling. The adult NORTHERN GOSHAWK was seen again sunning along the creek at Pleasant Plains Road Nov 28.


People can help with the oil spill that recently occurred in the Delaware River, by donating materials or money to Tri State Bird Rescue in Newark, Delaware. Right now they can use paper towels, Q-Tips, flat sheets, bath towels, Ensure (Vanilla only) and Pediolite (plain only). If you drop off any of these items at the Cape May Bird Observatory Northwood Center, they will take it to Tri State.

See Life Paulagic's December 4 Belmar trip is now sold out. A waiting list is being started. They are currently taking reservations for the December 31 pelagic Christmas Bird Count. This is a shorter trip of just 8 hours, and the cost is $70 plus an optional $5 CBC fee. For further information, contact them at 215-234-6805 or see their web site at http://www.paulagics.com

A few spaces are still available for the Dec 5 trip from Barnegat Light -- contact Focus On Nature Tours at: 1-800-721-9986 or font@focusonnature.com (cost $104).

The Voice of New Jersey Audubon is a weekly report on birding in New Jersey. To report birds please call 732-872-2500.'Documentation of Review List Species goes to the New Jersey Bird Records Committee at 91 Sycamore Lane, Skillman NJ, 08558. Good Birding and thanks for calling and reporting.

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